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Jun 29, 2020

Pennsylvania Governor Issues Additional Updated Guidance for Hospitality Businesses Conducting In-Person Service (Second Update)

Recently, Governor Wolf and the PLCB issued guidance for hospitality businesses beginning to serve customers inside (green) or outside (green and yellow). We covered that guidance in our last blog post, “Pennsylvania Governor Issues Updated Guidance for Hospitality Businesses Conducting In-Person Service.” » Read More

Jun 11, 2020

Pennsylvania Governor Issues Updated Guidance for Hospitality Businesses Conducting In-Person Service

Last week, Governor Wolf and the PLCB issued guidance for hospitality businesses beginning to serve customers inside (green) or outside (green and yellow). We covered that guidance in our last blog post, “Critical Compliance Tips from Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board’s Guidance for On-Premise Sales During COVID-19 Crisis.” » Read More

Jun 01, 2020

Critical Compliance Tips from Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board’s Guidance for On-Premise Sales During COVID-19 Crisis

As we outlined in our post last week, Governor Wolf issued guidance for retail food and alcohol businesses in green counties (permitted to have 50% of capacity inside and outside dining) and yellow counties (permitted to have 50% of capacity outside dining beginning on June 5). » Read More

May 28, 2020

Pennsylvania to Permit Outdoor Dining on June 5 in Yellow Phase Counties and Issues Guidance for Dine-In Service for Green Phase Counties on May 29

Yellow Phase – Outdoor Dining

Beginning June 5, restaurants and retail foodservice businesses located in counties designated as being in the yellow phase are permitted to add dine-in service in outdoor seating areas so long as they strictly adhere to the requirements of the guidance, including maximum occupancy limits:

  • Indoor areas, including bar areas of restaurants and retail foodservice businesses must be closed to customers except for through-traffic.
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Mar 19, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Temporary Advisory Notice: Breaking Down the Latest Guidance From the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board

On March 18, 2020, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (“PLCB”) issued Advisory Notice No. 26: Temporary Cessation of the Sale of Food and Alcohol for On-Premises Consumption Relative to COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. There is not much difference in this Advisory Notice from the PLCB’s previous releases, but there is certainly a new tone regarding enforcement of these rules. » Read More

Jan 23, 2020

As the Curtain Goes Up, You Can Say “Bottoms up:” New Jersey Expands Theater License to Non-Profit Theaters With 50 or More Seats

On January 21, 2020, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed 139 bills into law. Of those 139 bills that were signed, one bill, S1648, happens to concern the alcoholic beverage industry – specifically, plenary retail consumption licenses for nonprofit theaters. » Read More

May 30, 2019

It’s Back: Controversial Special Ruling Defining Limited Brewery Activities Has Returned (With Changes)

In September 2018, the New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) issued, and quickly rescinded, a Special Ruling Authorizing Certain Activities by Holders of Limited Brewery Licenses. Amidst a media frenzy, the ABC decided that it should postpone the implementation of the Special Ruling so it could speak further with New Jersey’s limited breweries and other stakeholders in an effort to make the Special Ruling more palatable to the industry. » Read More

Jan 03, 2019

Drinks “Out of Season” – Seasonal Retail Licensees Can Obtain One-Day Off-Season Permits

Holders of Seasonal Retail Consumption licenses may sell alcoholic beverages for on-site consumption during either the summer season (May 1 – November 14) or the winter season (November 15 – April 30).  On December 17, 2018, Governor Murphy signed into law an amendment to the Seasonal Retail Consumption license statute that now allows licensees to obtain one-day permits during the off-season. » Read More

Dec 27, 2018

In the News: Why Craft Beer Is About to Get More Expensive in Pennsylvania Taprooms

Theodore J. Zeller III, Esquire, a Member of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Liquor Law Practice Group, was quoted in The Morning Call as general counsel to the Brewers of Pennsylvania regarding the new brewery sales tax bulletin from the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue that it is pushing to take effect on July 1, 2019.  » Read More

Oct 24, 2018

Proposed Bill in Response to NJ ABC’s Special Ruling

As discussed in our prior posts, the New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control’s Special Ruling Authorizing Certain Activities by Holders of Limited Brewery Licenses (which was rescinded) was a hot topic among New Jersey’s craft brewers and even New Jersey’s politicians.  » Read More